Saturday, October 17, 2009

Ever Dream this Man?

In January 2006 in New York, the patient of a well-known psychiatrist draws the face of a man that has been repeatedly appearing in her dreams. In more than one occasion that man has given her advice on her private life. The woman swears she has never met the man in her life.

That portrait lies forgotten on the psychiatrist's desk for a few days until one day another patient recognizes that face and says that the man has often visited him in his dreams. He also claims he has never seen that man in his waking life.

The psychiatrist decides to send the portrait to some of his colleagues that have patients with recurrent dreams. Within a few months, four patients recognize the man as a frequent presence in their own dreams. All the patients refer to him as THIS MAN.

From January 2006 until today, at least 2000 people have claimed they have seen this man in their dreams, in many cities all over the world: Los Angeles, Berlin, Sao Paulo, Tehran, Beijing, Rome, Barcelona, Stockholm, Paris, New Dehli, Moskow etc.

OK, not to throw cold water on it or anything, but this has to be another viral marketing campaign. That face is generic enough, but something about it grabs your attention. It's not "do I know this guy?" it's "hey those eyes are too big for that head," or maybe "you could land a plane on the space between his upper lip and his nose." That's what grabs your attention.

Anyway, the face is obviously taken from an image we've all seen. Here's a hint:

Not getting it? OK how bout this:

Another good guess, Wallace Shawn, as in: you keep saying that word, I don't think it means what you think it means...